Let’s Get it Started



3rd of November 10th of November 2015



“Let’s Get it Started” is a training course organized by YMCA Baia Mare, for 26 youth workers from 11 countries (Armenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey), which will take place in northern Romania, in Baia Mare, between 3rd of November and 10th of November 2015 (excluding travel days).

11205568_10155505540245366_5628534959366283089_nAim: to give participants the opportunity to learn and experiment different methods of non-formal education in order to help and empower young people they are working with to develop various skills and aptitudes needed in their personal and professional development for increasing their employability chances. Also, in turn, participants will gain skills, aptitudes and competences necessary in their youth work.

The methods used during the activities will be non-formal such as: role play, energizing games, intercultural learning & dialogue, open space, world café, photovoice, living library, team building, learning to play and playing to learn, animations etc. Each day will be designed for a different non-formal education method. The trainers and 11958226_10155971595190366_8522487947398191064_ofacilitators will present to the participants the method, after that they will have to implement it themselves in the local community




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Turkish Delight

“Sustainable and Ecological Life in Europe” was a training course which took place in Turkey-Kayseri (Gesi), between 22-29 May 2015 and it was organized bye “Green Future” (informal group). The main topics of the training were: permaculture, eco-life, eco-building, eco-village, nature, organic farming, free range, freeconomy. YMCA Baia Mare sent 3 participants: Andrei, Iulia and Vlad. Here are their stories:


“My name is Andrei Moldovan, I’m 25 years old, and I participated in an Eco camp in Kayseri-Turkey, between IMG_270522nd-29th of May 2015.

Once I landed to Kayseri, I knew a great experience is expecting us. I and my co-nationals Vlad and Iulia got there one day before other participants, from 6 other countries, so we had a day just for ourselves, to get to know the village better, and our hosts, who were extremely welcoming and friendly.

During that certain week, I had the chance to meet amazing people, taste IMG_56891great food cooked by our host (I even gained 2 kilo because of her J), visit breath-taking places like Cappadocia, with its amazing scenery and landscapes, sleep in a tent again, do ecological activities and discussions, and to disconnect from the daily routine, be without internet and phone signal, shortly, to be closer to nature and people.

At the end of this camp, before leaving Turkey, I decided to spend few more days visiting Istanbul and fell in love with it again.

All in all, it was a great experience, which can hardly be described in only few lines. And whoever considers taking trainings in this kind of camps, don’t hesitate! You might lose the best fun of your life!”


“Hello dear readers!

IMG_5250We are Iulia & Vlad and we want to share our wonderful experience in Turkey with all of you.

First of all, let us tell you why we applied in this project (Sustainable and ecological life in Europe). We think that we spend most of our time in the city, locked in an office, in an artificial environment away from nature. We sense more and more the urge to reconnect and return to our roots, with more respect for the environment. When we saw the project’s IMG_5789theme, we thought that we can improve our knowledge in this subject that we are most concerned: ecology and sustainability. A very nice thing was also that the project was held in Turkey, a country that we are attracted by its culture, its taste and colors.

We stayed for one week in a small and remote village called Gesi at a IMG_5974wonderful family that tried and succeeded to make our visit as nice as possible. For us it was like a big happy family reunion, even though it was the first time there.

We had the opportunity to exchange ideas with participants from other countries in ecological problems and explore local environmental concerns and issues.IMG_5476

It was such an amazing experience “juggling” everyday between meetings, team projects, games and field trips (we had the time to visit Capadoccia, Kayseri and Istanbul).

One of the best things it was that we had the chance to stay at a local family, to explore experience and taste the “real Turkey”. We had such wonderful time with everyone there and just wished that we could have stayed a few more weeks… we’ll just leave the pictures to talk.”



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EVS vacancy in France – 12 months


Project title: Citoyen Volontaire Contre les Discriminations


Period: 1 October 2015 – 31 September 2016


Coordinating Organization:  Ensemble au Val d’Ornay – La Roche sur Yon, Pays de la Loire, France

Sending Organization: Asociatia YMCA Baia Mare, Romania

Volunteer’s profile 

1 vacancy for 1 Romanian volunteer.

Age: 18-30

– basic knowledge of French and English language (speaking), responsible, with a sense of initiative, motivated, creative, hard-working, good in working with children and teenagers, willing to coordinate his/her own workshops for children and youth, assist them in their activities.

Volunteer’s role and tasks:P1180190

  • The volunteer will have to promote the EVS program and widely the youth mobility to the public of the local community centers and also to our partners of popular education.
  • He/she will develop intercultural, intergenerational and others projects according to the association values.
  • He/she will develop these projects through many fields. The volunteer will be in touch with different peoples according to the specific project. For example:sport stage with young people from 10 to 15.

Children sector:

  • He/she will take part in leisure activities on wenesday during out of school time and during holidays.
  • He/she will take part in wakening of babies with “ludobébé” and “ptites frimousses” (children/parent time).
  • He/she could develop actions on the “terrain d’aventure” site (area with garden for project about environment)
  • He/she will build an activity about his country and  his culture.
  • He/she could develop intercultural, intergenerational projects head for this public.
  • He/she will take part in the childhood committee where the inahbitants discuss and organize projects head for this public.
  • He/she will discover the administrative functioning of the sector.

EVS teamYouth sector:

  • He/she will take part in the different receptions times and leisure time with people from 11 to 25 in the youth club.
  • He/she will take part in the development of youth exchange projects and summer camps. We will use his nationality and the knowledge of his country to continue the partnership with the organization.
  • He/she will discover different working places..
  • He/she will promote the youth mobility with communication tools and his own experience.
  • He/she will promote the EVS program to the youth city coordination and the others partners.
  • He/she will develop intercultural, intergenerational projects. He will discover the administrative functioning of the sector.

Family and local life sector :

He/she could get involved in project linked to the family sector, like foreign journey, locals parties, outing, ludornay( game areas with show programs), workshop, do-it-yourself activities. He/she will develop citizenship, intercultural and intergenerational projects.



  • travel costs are reimbursed 100% in the limit of 170 EUR
  • Project covers international health insurance, accomodation, monthly utilities (water, heating, electricity, internet), French language lessons
  • Volunteer will receive a monthly individual support (allowance) of 115 EUR, plus money for food and local transport.


  • Please send your CV (with photo) and motivation letter, both in English, to roxana@ymca.ro, until 20th of September 2015In the subject line please mention: EVS France


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Amman – An unforgettable experience

Amman-Jordan was the place where the project „Volunteers in a Global Village” was held from 6th to 12th of August 2015. It brought together 25 participants from Romania, Italy, Egypt, Jordan and Latvia. The Romanian team had the following participants: Lazăr Andreea, Cupşe Marian, Bondre Mădălina, Panaite Flavius and  Coman Alina, as group leader.


The aim of the project was divided in two main directions: youth unemployment and active citizenship. It was seen as a platform, where youth around the world presented the situation in their countries and tried to find solutions on how to increase employability. Participants had the opportunity to share their own opinions, their positive and less positive experience, their culture with participants from different countries. In today’s competitive 11891524_869479993105703_5406751645011902538_obusiness world and difficult economy, effective communication and soft skills are more essential than ever before. It is the foundation on which companies and careers are built and a crucial component of lasting success.

The second aim of the project was to familiarize young people with the concept of active citizenship through volunteering. The participants were encouraged to find ways and spaces in the society where they could be active and let their voice be heard.  The objectives of the project were to raise awareness on human rights matters among and towards young people, to promote tolerance among youngsters and break existing stereotypes, to bring different people together and challenge them to do their best.

11828707_10206113930599653_7645237103468701420_nThe educative sessions were organized in the form of exercises, made the participants learn from their own experience and created a proper atmosphere of sharing. Brainstorming, open discussions, statement games, simulation games, gave each participants the opportunity to express ideas and opinions, to understand better other people’s point of view. Themes connected with youth unemployment problems and their impact on one’s lifestyle, debates issues related to the possibilities of overcoming under-and un-employment were carried out throughout the whole project. Participants tried to reduce the skills miss-match between youth and the labour market, how to improve soft skills and how to utilize social media for more visibility to the employees. Employability skills qualifications are designed to support an 11204482_10206113933679730_2556517983447595096_nindividual successfully gaining a job, progressing in a chosen field, preparing the individual for further study and supporting the development of techniques required for successful independent living and job offer. These qualifications are aimed at anyone who wants to live a more independent life, progress in education and / or their employment prospects; get into a job, develop on the job or move onto the next 11822436_10206108448102594_2640777338127096254_njob, as they progress along the career ladder. Labour market issues and youth unemployment, intercultural learning, entrepreneurial learning, creativity and culture, social dialogue and youth participation were also topics for our sessions. The communication courses and seminars helped us develop a truly engaging and responsive communication style, leading to positive results for us and your organization.

During this project we improve your understanding of cross-cultural differences, explore different methods of communication, and learn how to transfer information clearly and concisely according to the needs of the audience. I was very impressed by the facilitators’ positive attitude and participants’ willingness to learn. Trainers such as Alba or Oana are an asset for any organization.11855740_10206123717844328_7376147509550476963_n

The most impressive experience for me during this exchange was the visit to a refugee camp situated in Jerash. Over 24000 people live here. It was created in 1968 firstly as a temporarily purpose, then as a permanent one. These people need a lot of things: financial, and logistic recourses, medical care, water, things… but maybe most of all, the feeling that somebody cares about them and has the patience to listen to them. This was some great people’s job. Kamila, Andres, Alba and Oana are some of the volunteers I’ve met and held activities in this camp for several months. Maybe if their example will be followed by others, some of the refugees’ multiple problems might be solved. You were all examples for me and gained my respect, dear friends.

11811531_10206114232727206_720299351414949759_nEven if we had a busy schedule, we didn’t forget to explore the city Amman. Full of contrasts, crowded and in continuing expansion, it is a fascinating city. And Jordanian people are also amazing.Very friendly, open hearted and hospitable I have the feeling that we’ll be friends for a long time. And my colleagues, the team I worked and had fun with are wonderful people. We were very different from many points of view, but we managed to bound and became friends. Dear friends, you have a special place in my heart! Miss you all!




The project was financed by Erasmus + (European Commission) and had the following partners: West and East Centre for Human Resources Development from Jordan,  Zemgale NGO from Latvia,  Intercultural Youth Dialogue Association from Egypt, YMCA Baia Mare Association from Romania and Youth Cultural Association Moby Dick from Italy.

(by Alina Coman – group leader of Romanian team, president of YMCA Baia Mare Association)



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11 months EVS vacancy in Vilnius-Lithuania


– European Voluntary Service – 



Project dates: 1 October 2015 – 31/07/ 2016 P1170452

(start date to be decided together with the selected volunteer. it has to be in September)

Profile of the volunteer:

Age: 18-30

– basic knowledge of English language

– responsible, with a sense of initiative, motivated, creative, hard-working, committed

Activities of the project: – work with disabled or work with teenagers from disadvantaged background

Sending organization: Asociatia YMCA Baia Mare

Hosting organization: Pal. J. Matulaičio socialinis centras

The hosting organization is based in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania (500 000 inhabitants). The goal of social center is to support the “Blessed J. Matulaitis” parish residents, who have social and economic difficulties. The way of work of this organization is inspired by Christian values, through professional social assistance, social initiatives, as well as community organizing. Such varieties of activities allow the Social center to address many problems (individual or collective). As well we give the possibilities to integrate people in difficulties into the local community.

526786_598970810132926_1950061795_n The activities of the center are:

  •  – Work with young people (children care center, teenager groups, open space for young people, street work, “big brother programs”),
  •  – Work with mentally disabled people,
  •  – Material and food product support
  •  – Social and psychological consulting,
  •  – Family support,
  •  – Research work helping



The project supports  maximum 275 EUR of the travel costs for the volunteer and European health insurance for the whole period of the volunteer`s stay in the hosting country. The volunteer will receive a monthly allowance and pocket money and free accommodation.

!!!! FOR APPLICATIONS: send your CV with photo and a motivation letter to roxana@ymca.ro until 20th of September 2015!!! Please write in the subject line: EVS LITHUANIA and the project you are applying for (see the available vacancies in the INFO LETTER)

Project is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + Programme.


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